Kuril Islands farther from Japan: Tokyo protests

Following the results of the Second World War, where Japan acted as an aggressor and ally of Germany, the islands of Shikotan, Kunashir, Iturup and Hamobai withdrew as the winner. Surprisingly, since the end of the war to this day, between the two parties has not yet been signed a peace treaty. The problem is the position of Tokyo, which stubbornly continues to consider the Russian Kuril Islands its “northern territories”.

In the course of many years of negotiations, a certain compromise could be reached, Japan had the opportunity to get Shikotan and Habomai according to the results of the Joint Declaration signed in 1956 with the aim of concluding a post-war peace treaty, the other two islands were put out of brackets. But Japanese territorial appetites put an end to solving the problem of the Kuril Islands for many years.

Over the past few years, the Kremlin has sent signals to Japanese partners that give some hope for the realization of Tokyo’s aspirations. A huge breakthrough for Japan can be considered the initiative of the Russian president on the project of joint economic use of the Kuril Islands. Recall that the territories disputed by the Land of the Rising Sun are rich in marine resources, and one of the islands has a virtually renewable natural rare-earth element factory called rhenium. The volcano unceasingly throws out rhenium and other valuable metals, enriching its happy owner. Is it any wonder that the Japanese government organizes excursions for young people on the island of Hokkaido, where from the specially constructed viewing platforms you can see the Kuril Islands in fine weather?

In the framework of joint economic activities on the islands, it is planned to develop greenhouse farming, aquaculture, wind energy and garbage processing. Expected increase in the attendance of the Kuril Islands by Japanese citizens through the introduction of package tours. Apparently, the dizziness from success prompted Tokyo to change rhetoric, again exacerbating interstate relations.

In the framework of the Far East development program, Sakhalin Island should be connected to the Kuril Islands by a fiber optic submarine line. The Russian side has officially notified the planned work of the Japanese partners. A large Chinese company was elected as a contractor. However, the implementation of economic activity by Russia on its own territory caused regret and sharp condemnation from Japan. A note of protest was also sent to Beijing, as contracting Chinese businesses in the Kuril Islands actually strengthens Russian jurisdiction on the islands. It is noteworthy that in the Japanese statement the Kuril Islands were called captured for the first time in many years.

Perhaps now is the time to put Tokyo in its place again. Despite some progress on the territorial issue, Japan must finally understand that the Kuril Islands are part of Russia. Japan’s support for anti-Russian sanctions does not contribute to the signing of a peace treaty. And it doesn’t hurt to ask a question: is a peace treaty necessary with the country on the territory of which the military infrastructure of the United States of America is located? Perhaps the Japanese should only look at the Kuril Islands from their observation towers?
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  1. Pishenkov Offline Pishenkov
    Pishenkov (Alexey) 11 June 2018 13: 00
    The US bases on the territory of Japan (as well as Germany) occupied in this way are exactly the same result of World War II, as is the situation with the Kuril Islands. It would be logical, therefore, to generally discuss some agreements on the islands, for example, after the liquidation of American bases and Japan's occupation of official neutrality, for example, as a gesture of goodwill. The Japanese have an awful position on security in the region, of course - they themselves managed to screw up everyone around them, and now, apart from the states, they have no "allies" and guarantors of security. But still, they lost in the war, and now communicating with the victorious country, according to all the rules, they should be the first to make concessions, and not vice versa. without mentioning some requirements there, etc.
  2. beeper Offline beeper
    beeper 11 June 2018 23: 39
    And the Japs smiled and bowed so sweetly .. Japanese "partners", offering their participation in the joint "grooming the islands" ?! winked
    Well, that "sincere friends" of the Russian Kuriles and Sakhalin have really appeared ?! request
    And it will not work just to smile at such impudent "presenting" - "notes" and "statements", because they will become even more impudent every time! yes
    Russia already, in the person of its diplomats, closes its eyes to many things, which did not have to be tolerated, and this, uncut in time, "everyday" impudence of "partners", growing "like a snowball", then "comes out sideways" - image and material losses , and, maybe, blood ?!
  3. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
    Marzhecki (Sergei) 12 June 2018 07: 36
    Quote: pishchak
    blood ?!

    Remember all the Russo-Japanese wars ...
    1. commbatant Offline commbatant
      commbatant (Sergei) 12 June 2018 21: 25
      Quote: UralRep
      Quote: pishchak
      blood ?!

      Remember all the Russo-Japanese wars ...

      There were only two of them:
      - Based on the results of one, we surrendered part of our territory (as non-pecuniary damage) and lost bases in Korea and China ....
      - Based on the results of another, they returned their previously lost territories, took strangers (as non-pecuniary damage) and the naval base in the PRC (not for long, though).
      Everything seems to be honest, yes ..... and according to the results of the first war, the RI / USSR did not recall the Russian-Japanese treatise on the division of Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands ... or it can be remembered only after losing the Japanese in the second war with us ... .?
  4. commbatant Offline commbatant
    commbatant (Sergei) 12 June 2018 21: 48
    And it won’t hurt to ask whether a peace treaty is needed with the country on the territory of which the military infrastructure of the United States of America is located.

    It's not about the US Armed Forces on the Japanese islands ...
    If the Russian Federation gives at least one island of the Kuril ridge, the Sea of ​​Okhotsk will cease to be the inland sea belonging to the Russian Federation, and will receive international status, where American SSBNs and SSBNs will float freely ..., in addition, the biological resources and bowels of the Sea of ​​Okhotsk will be accessible to everyone ... .
    The Japanese themselves admitted that in the case of the transfer of the Kuril Islands back to Japan, American WBs may appear there .... this is in addition to the fact that the largest and most combat-ready groups of troops are located on neighboring Hokkaido Island (Northern Army) .. .Japan ...